Irish make-up artists Paula Callan and Derrick Carberry (who have worked together on 'slebs like Helena Christensen, Sienna Miller and Elle McPherson) launched their signature Callanberry Professional Brush collection towards the end of last year; I got my paws on some press samples just before Christmas and have put them thoroughly through their paces ever since. They’ve been to Scotland with me and on several weekend trips away and I really enjoyed using them.
The five-brush set comes housed in a useful black case – I managed to get foundation-y fingerprints all over it in seconds, but that hasn’t stopped it being the preferred travel case for my beauty tools (it holds more than the five it comes with).
With their inky blue handles and rose gold hardware, these are good looking pieces of kit, and feel substantial and weighty to use. The range uses natural hair – goat, squirrel and pony – and the tips are shaped to pick up and distribute the ideal amount of product. They give a polished look and I’ve become especially fond of the contour brush, which I love with my Charlotte Tilbury compact, the powder brush and the eye blender brush, which is on par with my favourites from MAC. After a couple of washes, they've kept their shape well.
Callanberry brushes are priced at €125 for a set of five, €275 for a set of 11 or can be picked up individually, with prices starting at €18. In a beauty climate where some bloggers seem outraged over the cost of the Real Techniques Precious Metals collection (between €13 and €32), this might seem like a considerable outlay. But these are professional tools and the prices reflect that, along with the work and effort that has gone into the range. They have been developed with quality and durability at the forefront, so with proper care, they should go the distance. You can buy them from their website here.
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